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A Sudanese refugee detainee has received a top human rights award for exposing what he has described as Australia's "inhumane" treatment of asylum seekers. Abdul Aziz Muhamat, 26, was held at the Manus Island detention centre after fleeing violence in Darfur. Over six years, he sent thousands of WhatsApp messages to a journalist who told his story in a podcast. The Martin...
A US community devastated by a school shooting one year ago has marked the tragic anniversary with quiet mourning. Seventeen people were shot and killed by an ex-student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida on 14 February 2018. Students and educators across the country also marked the day with vigils, moments of silence, art projects and other...
Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller. The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Beijing on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Swedish foreign ministry said. The incident began with an account of a meeting written by Angela Gui, whose father Gui Minhai, 54, was allegedly abducted by Chinese agents in...
US prosecutors have charged a former top Apple lawyer with insider trading. Gene Levoff is accused of using confidential information to trade the firm's securities for personal gain. Mr Levoff, who was responsible for ensuring compliance with Apple's insider trading policies, is accused of breaching those policies on several occasions. Apple fired him last year after being contacted by authorities and conducting...
Award-winning Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been freed on bail, the day after her arrest on charges of "cyber-libel" drew international condemnation. Ms Ressa is CEO of Rappler, a news website critical of the government. She was arrested at its headquarters on Wednesday by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation. Press freedom advocates see this as a government attempt to silence...
A Chinese student who threw a cup of soybean pudding at a police officer has been charged with direct assault, disobedience and unjust vexation. Zhang Jiale was at a train station in Manila when she was stopped and told she had to finish her dessert before she could enter the station. She responded by throwing the pudding at the officer and...
All flights in and out of Belgium have been cancelled for a day due to strike action, the country's air traffic control has announced. The period of cancellation will run for 24 hours, from 22:00 (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday. A national strike has been called by three major trade union federations. Air traffic agency Skeyes said that there was "no certainty about...
Australian MPs have passed a landmark bill with an opposition amendment making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. This is the first time in decades a government has lost a vote on its own legislation in the lower house. The move is a blow for PM Scott Morrison's minority government's highly controversial immigration policy. Since...
A number of people have been killed and injured in a stampede at a campaign rally for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, local officials say. The incident happened at a stadium in the southern city of Port Harcourt when the crowd surged towards a gate after President Buhari's speech. Nigeria holds an election on Saturday in which Mr Buhari is running for...
Several French media executives have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male League du LOL (League of LOL) targeted women writers and feminist activists among others. Dozens of people have shared their experience of cyber-bullying by the group since it was uncovered by the French left-wing newspaper Libération. Two Libération journalists are among...

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